Mother Jones Radio 06-05-14: Tracking Down Chile's Torturers; the Ethics of Food; Art vs. War
Three decades ago, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's "dirty warriors" tortured Hector Salgado. Now he's tracking them down -- with a camera crew. Salgado tells guest host Peter Laufer about his campaign to confront his abusers face-to-face, and the documentary he's making about the process. As he told Mother Jones magaine, "I’m not going there to beat anyone up. I’m not going to destroy anything. I’m going to confront them with the truth."
Run time 38:00
Also, we talk with Merry Conway of Mouths Wide Open, a project that aims to remind Americans that we're at war. Her group places inch-tall plastic soliders at convenience stores, gas stations, and post offices around the country as "everyday reminders of the ongoing horrors of the war in Iraq."
Plus, we hear from Peter Singer, who wrote 1975's "Animal Liberation" and inspired a generation of vegetarians. Singer, one of today's most influential and controverial philosophers, is back with "The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter." Singer examines the eating habits of vegans and meat-eaters alike, and if you don't leave the conversation a vegan, you have one strong stomach. We also hear from Katy Mamen, a sustainable food systems consultant who explains how America's industrial food policy "defies the basics of supply and demand."
Finally, we hear from political comic Will Durst, who has some choice words for the Bush administration on the nomination of General Michael Hayden for CIA director.